Coaching Association of Canada

Anne Merklinger

Chief Executive Officer, Own the Podium

Topic: Disruption and High Performance Culture

Anne Merklinger has been an elite athlete for most of her life. She was a member of Canada’s national swim team from 1977-1981, won numerous Ontario Curling Championships, and twice led her team to the final of the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

A passionate, creative, and inspiring leader, Anne has more than 20 years of senior level experience with sport organizations, including Own the Podium, CanoeKayak Canada, the Commission for Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability, and the Canadian Federation of Sport Organizations for the Disabled, where she has continually strived to make Canada a world-leader in athletic excellence.

Anne has also been a dedicated volunteer for sports organizations including the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Women’s Tour of Curling, and CAAWS.